Depression is a common ailment among older people. It is especially common after someone has recently retired, lost a spouse or is no longer able to perform a common task (such as driving).
For these reasons, it’s important to know the signs of depression and how to address them.
Signs of Depression
When your parent or loved one experiences a major life change, look for signs of depression so you can help them right away. Some common signs include:
- Weight loss and lack of appetite
- Problems sleeping
- Lack of motivation or unwillingness to socialize
- No longer enjoying hobbies and activities they used to find fulfilling
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to address them right away. You have a better chance of helping your loved one lead a happy and fulfilling life.
Ways to Help
If you suspect that your loved one has depression, there are certain steps you should take:
- Don’t suggest directly to your loved one that they are depressed. Instead, ask them how they feel and if there are any activities they would like to do (especially activities that will boost their spirits).
- Offer to take them to social events so they can engage with others.
- Assist them in seeking out volunteer opportunities. This is a great chance for them to socialize and help others.
- Learn a new skill or hobby. This may be especially helpful for people who just retired or recently lost a spouse.
How Kingston Can Help
Each of our residential communities includes ample opportunities for residents to socialize and mingle with others. Daily activities are a great opportunity for them to learn a new skill and make new friends.
Many communities also offer assistance with housekeeping, medication, and meal service. Each residential community also offers 24-hour healthcare management and security.
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